By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R
This e-book, one in a sequence dedicated to U.S. Marines on the earth warfare II period, is released for the schooling and coaching of Marines by means of the heritage and Museums department, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. division of security observance of the fiftieth anniversary of victory in that war."
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First Lieutenan t Norman K . " Jones' Marines lost 40 dead an d 100 wounded in the wild fighting , but hold they did . In an hour it wa s all over. The supporting arms neve r stopped shooting down the Japanese , attacking or retreating . Both destroy- Marines use newly arrived jeeps to carry machine gun ammunition, demolitions, and other ordnance forward from the beach to troops fighting in the front lines . LtGen Julian C . Smith Collectio n The Japanese struck Jones' lines again at 2300 . One force made a noisy demonstration across fro m Company A's lines — taunting, clink ing canteens against their helmets , yelling Banzai!
Artillery fire from 10t h Marines howitzers on Red Beach Tw o and Bairiki Island rained a murder ous crossfire . Two destroyers in th e lagoon, Schroeder (DD 301) an d Sigsbee (DD 502), opened up on the flanks . The wave of screaming attackers took hideous casualties bu t kept coming . Pockets of men locked together in bloody hand-to-han d fighting . Private Jack Stambaugh o f B Company killed three screamin g Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 6364 0 Destruction along the eastern end of Red Beach Three leads toward the long pie r in the distant background .
As an example, nearly a third o f the engineers who landed in suppor t of LT 2/8 became casualties . Accord 38 waded through intermittent fire fo r half a mile to find an LVT for th e general . Even this was not an al together safe exchange . The LVT drew further fire, which wounded the driver and further alarmed the oc cupants . General Smith did not reac h Edson and Shoup's combined CP until nearly 1400 . "Red Mike" Edson in the meantim e had assembled his major subordinat e commanders and issued orders fo r continuing the attack to the east tha t afternoon .